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Cave art constellations

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Researchers at the Universities of Edinburgh and Kent have suggested, on the basis of their findings, that humans as far back as 40,000 years ago, tracked the stars and used animal symbols in their art to represent the constellations. The level of astronomical sophistication is surprising for the Stone Age they said.
Apparently, our early ancestors understood Earth's axial effect known as the precession of the equinoxes, a discovery that had been credited to the Greeks. The astronomical knowledge of Paleolithic and Neolithic peoples may have helped them navigate at sea, during their migrations.
Researchers studied cave sites in Turkey, Spain, France and Germany. It's thought that some of the art work records comet strikes, by featuring symbolic dead humans and animals.
Dr. Martin Sweatman, of Edinburgh University, said: "Early cave art shows that people had advanced knowledge of the night sky within the last ice age."
"Intellectually, they were hardly any different to us today."
"These findings support a theory of multiple cometary impacts over the course of human development, and will probably revolutionise how prehistoric populations were seen." Published in "Athens Journal of History".
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Re: Cave art constellations

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BrianL
Have we been "Archimedes Screwed !?!"
I'm beginning think that the Ancient Greeks were a bunch of charlatans. They seemed to claim they invented everything but actually didn't really do much themselves.
Best of luck from Cliff

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